sacramento real estate agent: How Important is a Sales Background to Real Estate? - 02/22/19 09:30 AM
When I see people in sales professions working so hard to make a few sales that probably pay pittances, I can't help but wonder why they aren't in real estate. Maybe that's why, though. Because they are not confident enough in their own abilities to make it in a 100%-based commisson world. Maybe that's why some other agents prefer to join a discount brokerage where they still make peanuts but receive a salary.
It's a bit scary to work on your own without a safety net, basing your success on your own abilities. By the way, it was Chris Ann Cleland who … (16 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Sacramento Realtors Who Wear Only One Hat - 02/12/19 11:24 AM
You won't find very many Sacramento Realtors who wear only one hat. The reason is most of them can't afford to do it. If they stopped working with buyers, for example, and focused solely on sellers, they would lose half of their business. Or at least that's the way I figure they think.
A fairly successful agent in Sacramento is a person who sells maybe 8 to 12 homes a year. Usually the way it works out is half of that is buyers and the other half is sellers. I understand that fear about giving away half of your business. But … (10 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Has Customer Service Fallen By the Wayside? - 01/23/19 08:39 AM
If a person has never experienced good customer service, how would that individual recognize it? So much interaction today between consumer and vendor is impersonal. We scream into our phones "representative," when dealing with automated systems (or maybe that's just me) and that digital voice cannot understand our words. Which results in frustration.
Most personal interaction has been eliminated, and if it is not eliminated completely yet, you can trust they are working on it. We can fly to a different city, check into a hotel and order room service all without talking to a live person at all.
Millennials want to … (25 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Have You Considered a Mini Split System for AC? - 10/30/18 10:21 AM
Ductless AC or mini-split systems have been around for a while but I haven't really heard much about them until recently. Which is odd given the fact I live in a city like Sacramento where temperatures climb to 115 in the summer. Homeowners in some lower-income neighborhoods don't even have a window AC unit, and I don't know how they do it. Well, older homes with plaster walls offer some insulation from the sun, but still. It must get really hot.
But the thing I have discovered while investigating mini split systems is there are many configuations and styles. You can set … (20 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Do Not Expect a Realtor to Find You a Safe Neighborhood - 06/13/18 10:29 AM
The top criteria every first-time home buyer in Sacramento wants is a good location. Because location is everything in real estate. Part of what defines an area as a good location is whether that neighborhood is crime-free and safe. Unfortunately, no neighborhood is really crime-free. Not when you consider all the crimes, especially domestic abuse.
Sex offenders are another statistic that you will find just about everywhere as well. It's astonishing to look at such websites, and as real estate agents, we are constantly warned not to look at them at all because it's better not to know. That way, you … (4 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Who Really Remembers All of Their Ex'es? - 05/14/18 07:36 AM
When I say the bank removed all of my banking accounts from online access, what they they really did was redirect my sign-on results to a 404 page. It looked like a customer had signed on, bank logo and identifying properties there, but no bank accounts. Could have been hacked for all I know. It's one of those instances where a person automatically suspects the bank somehow messed up, though, especially when the bank has had other very recent apologetic episodes.
But what ensued from that experience was fairly bizarre. There was a point I raised my voice, asking incredulously: "You know … (13 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: The Story of Closing Another Condo in Woodside Oaks - 05/12/18 08:24 AM

It can be a bit odd to meet a buyer after closing when you're the listing agent. Especially after having to serve the buyer with the seller's Notice to Buyer to Perform during escrow. An agent never knows for certain whether the buyer might accidentally turn on the garden hose and point it in the wrong direction.
But I got to meet the buyer of this condo in person yesterday when I went over to pick up my lockboxes. Nice person. She wondered how to get the remote for the gate. Well, the seller doesn't have a remote, LOL. She must … (2 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: California Solar Panels Becoming Mandatory New Homes - 05/10/18 07:56 AM
Remember the good old days, like 15 years ago, when you could buy solar panels in Sacramento for about $6,000 to cover a 2,000 square foot house and generate enough electricity to sell some back to the electric company for a profit? Ha! Nowadays, that objective seems like a dream.
True, I don't know much about solar panels apart from the expense, the cost to maintain and replace, and how buyers view solar panels. Why, I even have solar on my vacation house in Hawaii to run the water heater. But even that has a valve that lets me turn the source … (11 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Solution for Keeping Light Switches On All of the Time - 04/29/18 09:16 AM
Every home I visit for a listing appointment is unique and different, and many offer an opportunity to learn something new. Even after 4 decades in the business, I still learn. Constantly learning keeps my work interesting.
When I walked into my client's home last week, I immediately smelled dog odor, very strong. It's unmistakeable when you have dogs, pretty much. Some homes are worse than others. But this dog was 13, a type of beagle mix, curled up in a corner by a chair. The mark on the wall from the dog was enormous and very noticeable.
Still, that dog is … (22 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Which Do You Prefer: DocuSign vs Digital Ink? - 04/10/18 09:32 PM
When I asked an agent in my office who had worked for a variety of other companies which digital signature program she used, she said Digital Ink. The reason she likes Digital Ink is because that's the first program she signed up for and she has an account there.
She doesn't want to waste money by signing up for a different digital signature program. Plus, there is always a learning curve with new software, which is why so many offer "classic" versions of software so older people don't have to change or learn something new.
You can read more about this … (8 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Updated One Bedroom Woodside Oaks Condo for Sale - 04/07/18 11:57 AM
Of interesting note, I placed second at Lyon Real Estate (out of about 1,000 agents) for March and I spent a good part of that time in Hawaii. Leaving Sacramento to work from our house in Hawaii is very productive for me. In fact, I am still in Hawaii and just listed two homes yesterday. 
When I think about this in retrospect, I honestly cannot believe that I have figured out a way to be in Hawaii and still carry on my top producing real estate business in Sacramento. To this day, it blows me away, and I feel so incredibly lucky … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: The Cost to Replace Kitchen Appliances When Selling - 02/24/18 08:47 AM
Because I already pulled links on the cost of a new gas range, dishwasher and built-in microwave (over-the-range), in black, no less, from 3 different vendors for my seller yesterday, I thought, hey, this is good information to share with my readers, too. It made me reflect back on the old days, when appliances would last dozens of years before falling apart. Not so anymore. Plus, they are relatively cheap to replace, and they look SO MUCH better than older, beat-up appliances.
Then, my sister emails this morning to ask why didn't I include the cost of a new refrigerator. She's thinking … (18 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: New Listing in Hampton Station Built in 2014 - 02/23/18 09:10 AM
There are not a lot of homes that go on the market in Hampton Station in south Sacramento. Primarily because once people move into this subdivision, they tend to stay. It has everything home buyers could want. Plenty of room for a growing family, featuring four bedrooms and three baths. Cherry wood floors and cabinets. Granite counters, newer appliances and indoor laundry.
The yard is oversized and one of the largest lots in the subdivision. This beautiful home is close to preschool, elementary and intermediate schools, plus a 5-acre park.  You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: … (5 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Your Success Depends on What Makes You Tick - 02/12/18 08:27 AM
One of my regular phrases is: "here is what we're gonna do." Because I always have a plan, often, several. Further, I have no problem telling other people what to do. And you know what? People find that strength and conviction reassuring. Those qualities in Sacramento real estate have helped to make me a success. Because I capitalize on them.
Have you ever stopped to think about what makes you tick? What makes you different, unique from others in your line of business? Because that quality, whatever it is, is what you can rely on when you're building a career. If you are … (14 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Does a Sacramento Listing Agent Need to Love the Home? - 02/10/18 08:56 AM
My answer to that question is yes. Yes, a Sacramento listing agent should love the home she is selling. It makes everything so much easier. I firmly believe how an agent markets the home and the words an agent uses is what can motivate and drive desire.
If an agent can't stand the house and speaks poorly about the place to everybody, you can bet that attitude will come across when she's answering a call from a buyer. Surely, and I mean Shirley, a Sacramento listing agent can find something good to say. You can read more in my personal blog … (11 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Reasons for Sellers To Keep Lips Zipped About Money - 02/07/18 07:25 AM
Short of sticking my fingers into my ears and raising my voice -- lalalalalala, can't hear you -- it can be tough to get sellers to stop sharing. Home sellers often expect to share every personal detail about the transactions with their listing agent.
They trust their listing agent, as they should. So it's understandable that they want the agent to precisely understand their position. The point is does an agent need to know? What are the drawbacks? You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Should a Listing Agent Know the Seller's Bottom Line?
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sacramento real estate agent: All But One Listing is Under Contract or Pending - 02/01/18 09:47 AM
Beautifully remodeled homes with all of the bell and whistles tend to fly into escrow almost immediately. But there is no discrimination going on in this Sacramento real estate market. It's not just the drop-dead gorgeous homes that sell fast. Even homes that have not been remodeled can sell in January.
I have pretty much sold all of my listings now except for one active listing, which I'll probably re-list after the Super Bowl. This coming Sunday will be fairly dead, I imagine. But wow, what a month -- January! Now that I look at the stats for me, it's kinda crazy.
So … (2 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Why Home Inspectors in Sacramento Are So Picky - 01/29/18 09:55 AM
Sacramento home inspections are 1) only as good as the inspector preparing it, and 2) typically thorough. How those inspections end up being interpreted by the parties involved is what can cause a bone of contention in any transaction. This is why agents need to be proactive, thinking ahead about how the individual we represent will react.
It is not always just the buyers who freak out. It can be the sellers, too. I've had more than my share of sellers call to complain about things the home inspector reported that were completely wrong and misleading. They wonder why is the guy … (8 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Do You Ignore Clients Who Hold Unreasonable Views? - 01/28/18 09:21 AM
There are some agents in Sacramento who flat out do not work with clients they deem to be too much work. By that I mean buyers and sellers who hold unreasonable views. You know, everybody and their uncle has ideas about how an agent should sell a house or the procedure they should use to buy a home. Often, these potential clients are unreasonable about some aspect.
Sure, it can be tempting to say no thanks when a seller wants to list a property at a ridiculous price. It's even easier to walk away from a buyer whose plan is to lowball … (9 comments)

sacramento real estate agent: Working with Real Estate Clients from the Internet - 01/25/18 09:48 AM
An extremely large portion of my Sacramento real estate business arrives via the internet. It's been this way for about 12 years. One day, the business just shifted, so I shifted with it. In fact, I can rememer having a chat button on my website so visitors could instant chat with me. This is when I used to stay connected online until bedtime.
Today, it's not quite so frantic, and I keep more normal hours, like 7 AM to 7 PM. But still, most of my business is either internet-based or repeat / referral. You can read more tips about this in … (4 comments)

 
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